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Friday, March 21, 2014
Best draft approach: Two high picks

By Bill Williamson

Last month, we looked at the looming decision the San Francisco 49ers face regarding their draft approach.

The 49ers, who have 11 picks and a stacked roster, have the No. 30 pick in the first round.

The options laid out for the 49ers: A) package several picks to move up to the Nos. 10-12 range to get a top receiver such as Texas A&M's Mike Evans,  or B) stay where they are in the first round and package their two second-round picks, Nos. 56 and 61, to get back into the end of the first round so they can take a receiver and a cornerback.

Those are the team's top two needs and, fortunately for the 49ers, both areas are deep in this draft. Now that the impact portion of free agency is over, I think the 49ers should make this decision regarding their draft approach: go with option B and get the two first-round picks.

Why? The 49ers didn’t improve at cornerback in free agency. They need to get a player who can help right away in the first round. But they also need to get a speedy receiver and will do it in the draft unless trade talks for DeSean Jackson develop.

Because both areas are deep, this approach is the best way for the 49ers to improve in the immediate and long-term future. If the 49ers can grab a receiver such as Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks and a cornerback such as TCU’s Jason Verrett, that would be a huge score.